Almost 2 million of us are set to jet off via Manchester Airport over the Easter holidays – with more than 315,000 passengers taking off or arriving during the Easter weekend itself.
With this in mind, the airport has today issued a number of tips to help customers enjoy a smooth airport experience.
The tips cover a whole raft of short-term changes at the hub, as well as some general advice on how to make the whole process easier.
Top Three Tips To Fly Through The Airport:
- Allow plenty of time for your airport journey – getting here and getting through
- Be ready for security – coats off, plus liquids, gels and pastes sorted before security
- If driving, ensure you pre-book your parking
Top Five Destinations This Easter:
General Tips And Advice:
Airport bosses are advising that Highways England has the most up to date advice on the road network, while National Rail can advise on the latest information regarding trains.
A new rail timetable change will come into effect in May and passengers should plan ahead.
Following rail issues last summer, the airport says it has worked closely with the train operating companies to ensure a smoother experience this year.
Passengers can also help by being ready for security.
This includes removing coats and belts etc before entering the security hall and having all of their liquids, gels and pastes in a clear plastic bag and all under 100ml.
Large electronic items should also be removed from hand baggage.
Arrive in plenty of time: it is worth checking with your airline, but for long-haul flights three hours ahead of departure is advised and two hours for short-haul.
Three New Car Parks:
A trio of new car parks are set to open this spring, which as well as creating additional capacity, will also help to alleviate congestion on the road network.
The first is a new multi storey car park at Terminal Two, named Terminal Two Multi-Storey West.
Offering 3,800 spaces for both pre-booked and turn-up passengers, it opened on 1st April and the existing Terminal Two multi-storey (which has been renamed Terminal Two Multi-Storey East) is now for pre-booked passengers only.
The ground level of the new car park is dedicated to those picking up arriving passengers and those who have not pre-booked their car parking.
The remaining levels (one-eight) are dedicated to those passengers who have pre-booked a space.
A 6,500-space car park – designed to securely store Meet and Greet cars – has also opened.
Located not far from terminals one and three, the position of this car park will improve congestion on the road network and the time it takes to move cars across the campus.
The third car park is the new Terminal One arrivals (set to open late spring).
This 550 space multi-level car park will increase capacity for people picking up arriving passengers.
Once the new arrivals car park opens, the existing Terminal One car park will be for pre-booked passengers only.
Whilst the build is taking place, capacity in the existing multi-storey is limited, so passengers are advised to pre-book their parking to guarantee a space.
If passengers are arriving without pre-booking, (which is not advised) the only car park option available now is the multi-storeys, with the long stay products being removed to make way for further enhancements at the airport.
Passengers should also remember the pick up and drop off procedure, which changed last summer. (click here to read more)
A free drop-off option is available at Jet Parks One with a short bus ride to all three terminals.
To drop off on the forecourts now costs £3 for five minutes or £4 for ten minutes.
Passengers cannot pick up on the forecourts and could be fined up to £100 if they attempt to do so.
Pick-up should be arranged via the arrivals/multi-storey car parks.
Due to all the changes over the last 12 months, and the road network being enhanced, the layout may no longer seem be familiar for infrequent travellers.
To combat this, new signage is being rolled out from June to ensure passengers can easily navigate and find their way across the site.
As well as recently increasing its free wifi usage for passengers, Manchester Airport is set to launch a new smartphone app in June which lists bus waiting times.
This will allow passengers to check the status of their bus to/from the car park they are using and allow them to plan their journey to the terminals.
Manchester Airport’s website and social media channels are also a great source of information and tips, so passengers should check those in advance to help answer any queries.
Throughout the summer months the airport will also be sharing a variety of tips and information on Twitter and Facebook to help passengers.